Okay, so every year we get a new rulebook, and it’s very easy to see the new additions, but sometimes omissions can slip under the radar. Apparently, I’ve had an omission slip under my radar for 7 years and I’d just now like to say it’s a good change.
Back in the 2012 rulebook rule G35 stated:
If a Robot becomes unsafe (e.g. the Robot begins to smoke, the battery falls out, etc.) it may be disabled for the remainder of the Match by any player by pressing the E-Stop button. The E-Stop buttons are intended for remote shutdown in the event of safety hazards and will not otherwise affect Match score or duration.
Violation: Technical-Foul if used for any other reason.
The thing that I really didn’t like about this rule was the violation. I had at least one case back in 2014 that I remember where I considered e-stopping, and paused because I didn’t want a penalty (still thinking this rule was active). We ended up not needing to e-stop and everything worked out, but this is unsafe behavior, I shouldn’t be worrying about penalties if safety is on the line.
I just checked the game manuals since then and didn’t see any mention of this rule, so I think I’m just very behind the times. So anyway, good call GDC taking this violation out of the rulebook, and maybe there’s someone else like me out there that might have thought this was still active that this post helps.